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Dr. Oz and Dr. Ashton discuss vulvodynia in the no-embarrassment zone. Learn what causes vulvodynia by watching the video, but some common treatments are:
Many women who have vulvodynia will develop personal strategies that help to control the pain. Here are some tips for everyday living.
Blocking Pain Signals
The goal of pharmaceutical approaches is to desensitize or block pain signals. Medications can be applied topically, directly on the vulva, taken orally or injected. Here are a few options that interrupt pain signals.
Patients who see an a physical therapist experienced in treating women with vulvodynia can see marked improvement in symptoms after a series of sessions. The therapist works on stabilizing muscle tone to improve contraction strength and structure of pelvic floor muscles, a potential trigger for pain.
Biofeedback, cognitive and behavioral therapies (CBT) and supportive talk psychotherapy can help patients develop self-regulation strategies to cope with the pain and psychosocial distress that can accompany a diagnosis.
And as a last resort, surgical procedures (perineoplasty or vestibulectomy) removes tissue that is causing the pain.
For more information visit the National Vulvodynia Association.